NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Kesley DePorto had a match-high 21 kills making just one attack error leading Coast Guard to its first win of the season, a 3-1 win over Colby Sawyer in the final match of the Bear Invitational.
Coast Guard (1-2), dropped the first game 25-23 before winning 25-19, 25-21, 25-16 to give head coach Aylene Ilkson her first collegiate win.
Sophomore Maggie Hine had a career-high 40 assists to go with nine digs while sophomore Kelsey Hickle had 15 kills and 12 digs in the win for the Bears. Senior Samantha Marmolejo 24 digs to lead Coast Guard while freshman Miranda Brumbaugh had a match-high four aces in her first collegiate action.
Colby Sawyer (1-2) won the opening set 25-23 as they led by as many as six (19-13), but had to hold off the Bears late.
Coast Guard evened things in the second game jumping out to a 10-4 lead. The Chargers tied it 18-18 before the Bears scored seven of the final eight points.
In a tight third game, the Bears took charge using a 5-1 run turning an 11-11 tie into a 16-12 lead and won 25-21.
The Bears closed out the match in a back-and-forth fourth game by scoring the final ten points turning a 16-15 deficit into the 25-16 win.
Junior Jackie Keating led Colby Sawyer with 13 kills while sophomore Laura Smolinski had a team-high 37 assists for the Chargers.
In the earlier matches on Saturday
COLBY SAWYER 3, EASTERN CONNECTICUT 1
Junior Jackie Keating had 14 kills and eight digs leading Colby Sawyer to a 3-1 win over Eastern Connecticut.
The Chargers dropped the opening game 25-18 before winning three straight 25-21, 25-19 and 25-21 for their first win of the season.
The first game was tied 11-11 before Eastern scored nine of the next 11 points for a 20-13 lead en route to the 25-18 win.
Colby Sawyer evened things coming back from an early 11-8 deficit and scoring six of the final nine points for a 25-21 win.
In the third game, the Chargers took control early leading from start to finish for the 25-19 win.
The Chargers closed out the match in the fourth game, once again leading from start to finish. They led 20-13 before ECSU closed to within 23-20 before falling 25-21.
Senior All Le-Bruno led Colby Sawyer with 18 digs while sophomore Laura Smolinski had a match-high 33 assists.
Freshman Adrianna Mihalek had a match-high 18 kills to lead Eastern Connecticut while senior Erynn Miller led the Warriors (1-2) with 21 digs. Junior Jess Patrizi had a team-high 18 assists.
STEVENS 3, COAST GUARD 1
Junior Katie Hall had 14 kills, senior Mary Caulson added 11 kills and 13 digs while freshman Mary Tobin had 10 kills and 14 digs as Stevens beat host Coast Guard 3-1 to finish a perfect 3-0 at the season-opening Bear Invitational.
Stevens led 11-10 and pushed the lead to 16-11 in the opening game to win 25-17.
Coast Guard evened things in the second game jumping out to a 12-3 lead and cruising to the 25-13 win.
The Ducks held off the Bears in the back-and-forth third game after squandering a 13-6 lead. Coast Guard scored 11 of the next 12 points to take a 17-14 lead, however Stevens scored the next four to regain the lead 18-17 and won 25-23.
Stevens closed out the match with another 25-23 win after overcoming an early 9-6 deficit by scoring four straight for a 10-9 lead and never relinquishing the lead.
Senior Kelsey DePorto led the Bears with 15 kills while freshman Rebekah Muller had ten kills in the loss. Senior Samantha Marmolejo led Coast Guard with 23 digs while sophomore Maggie Hine led the way with a match-high 36 assists.
STEVENS 3, EASTERN CONNECTICUT 0
Freshman Mary Tobin led a balanced Stevens attack with 11 kills to go with eight digs leading the Ducks to a 3-0 win over Eastern Connecticut in the first match of the day.
Stevens won 25-10, 25-15, 25-19 to improve to 2-0 on the young season while Eastern Connecticut dropped to 1-1.
With the first game tied 4-4, the Ducks scored 11 of the next 12 to take control and went on to win 25-10.
Stevens scored the first five points of the second game and scored five of the final five for the 25-15 win.
The Warriors led 10-9 in the third game before the Ducks scored eight of the next ten for a 17-12 edge. ECSU closed to 20-17 but Stevens scored five of the final seven points to close out the match.
Senior Mary Caulson added nine kills, ten digs and three aces in the win, junior Kristen Salmins had a team-high 19 digs while senior Samantha Gate led the Ducks with a match-high 35 assists.
Freshman Adrianna Mihalek led Eastern Connecticut with nine kills, junior Jess Patrizi led the way with 16 assits while senior Erynn Miller had a match-high 20 digs to lead the Warriors.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH AYLENE ILKSON